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  AFNR Model Program of Study - DRAFT - Public Comment due June 5  
  Dean Dittmar, Coordinator  4/11/2021 11:30:00 AM  

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Logo: Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois UniversityEducation Systems Center (EdSystems) is a mission-driven policy development and program implementation center based within Northern Illinois University’s Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development to shape and strengthen education and workforce systems to advance racial equity and prepare more young people for productive careers and lives in a global economy.  EdSystems has a longstanding leadership role with state agencies and intergovernmental bodies such as the Illinois P-20 Council focusing on three priority areas: College and Career Pathways, Bridges to Postsecondary, and Data Impact and Leadership.

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) sponsored the development of Model Programs of Study Guides in crucial industry areas as part of the Illinois State Plan for Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (also known as the Perkins V Plan). These Guides were developed in consultation and collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education through a process led and facilitated by Education Systems Center at NIU. As further detailed in the Guides, the process involved extensive research into labor market information and credential programs, and dialogue across secondary, postsecondary, and employer stakeholders.   View pages 18-19 to view the advisory committee for this AFNR study.

The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Model Program of Study Draft and diagram chart are now available for public comment.  We hope that several educators, agribusiness representatives, and stakeholders will view the guide and provide public comment by June 5, 2021.

Click to make public comment.

The primary purposes and goals for the Model Programs of Study are to:

  1. Provide guidance and exemplars for local programs to adopt or customize as they develop programs of study for approval as part of the Perkins V Plan.
  2. Establish a framework for State agencies to develop and implement program supports.
  3. Identify priority dual credit courses that are foundational to the industry area and well-situated for statewide scaling and articulation.
  4. Define the competencies that should be sequenced across a program of study course sequence to prepare students for the future of work in that industry area.
  5. Identify entry points for employers to support coursework and related experiences.

Join Us for an Introductory Webinar

Join us Friday, April 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. for a deeper dive into the background and development process of the Guides. Hear from ICCB and EdSystems as we walk through the research and process, describe how the Model Programs of Study can be used to inform local planning, and provide highlights of the findings and recommendations for each focus area.  Click to register.

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Published Guides
The first four Model Programs of Study Guides were released in June 2020 for the focus areas of Education, Health Sciences and Technology, Information Technology, and Manufacturing and Engineering. Click to view all of the published and draft guides.  

Dean Dittmar, Coordinator
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